Crossfit Crib invites kids, senior citizens, and everyone in between to put the gym's rowing machines, barbells, and plyo boxes to fitness-building work. The facility's coaches constantly draw up new Workouts of the Day and encourage their students to tackle each one with gusto. With each visit, exercisers find a newly devised routine that might include powerlifting, plyometric exercises, or gymnastic stretches, all designed to build fitness that will serve them even when they're merely playing with children or accepting brick deliveries from the postman. Since every exercise is scalable, the workout is perfect for anyone with the desire and commitment to whip themselves into shape.
Though CrossFit Huntersville's certified trainers come from diverse competitive backgrounds, including Olympic weightlifting, professional motorsports, and tennis, they all have one thing in common: a passion for the CrossFit program's blend of varied, functional movements. Workouts change from day to day, but often incorporate running, jumping, pressing objects over the head, deadlifting, and rowing—all deemed "functional" exercises because they focus on movements that the body does naturally. Each workout of the day (WOD) is scalable to suit any level of fitness.
The family-owned CrossFit affiliate is free of mirrors to thwart self-judgment. Barbells, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and plyo boxes take the place of typical gym staples such as cardio machines and cardboard cutouts of Mr. T.
Equipment: Paramount, Cybex, Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Muscle Driver, Rage
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Inside the 6,500-square-foot interior of CrossFit Allegiance, chiseled athletes and first-time students work and play using modern fitness methods and equipment. Each Workout of the Day (WOD) may include a bout of Olympic lifts, a turn on the gymnast’s rings, or a springy set of box jumps. The key is to keep workouts intense and muscles confused, and beginners may be surprised when they find themselves bounding up thick climbing ropes or pulling weight sleds across the swath of AstroTurf. All workouts can be scaled to meet the fitness needs of each student, allowing experienced athletes to train alongside senior citizens.
If the boxing ring and punching bags don't give away GymOne's focus, the staff will. The gym's trainers include boxer and mixed-martial-arts fighter Timothy Parker, martial artist Paul Booe, and boxer Jared Robinson, a talented light welterweight who was ranked number two in his division by USA Boxing in 2008. Together, they manage an array of fitness programs for fighters and athletes alike, including boxing, boot camps, personal training, and grueling OneFit cross-training classes that are designed to improve athletic abilities such as strength and speed.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.